Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Las Vegas

Don't ask me why, but we traveled down to Vegas. Just look at it.....yup, this picture says it all!! There is a cloud of yuck hanging over this town.
One bright star was we went to Trader Joe's, a first for me and yes I will return to a Trader Joe's in California to try some more new treats.
We stayed off the strip this time and it was delightful! We were out by the airport at a Homewood Suites. Two bedrooms, two baths, 3 TV's, breakfast, pool, easy on and off the freeway, no smoke and the room was clean! We didn't have a view of the strip, but this would have been it if our room would have been on the other side of the hotel. Kinda looks like the strip is surrounded by a prison fence (might not be a bad idea).
Activities included: A fashion show with rising walk way and everything
Lunch at Maggiano's (Abby's favorite place) and shopping
The Beatles Love show, great music!

Serendipity's, twice!
and now you can see why we went twice... frozen hot chocolate!
A little decor lighting
Bellagio water show from the car while waiting to turn into the Bellagio. We saw the whole water show from the car!! A very long wait.
And gardens at the Bellagio and BEE decor!
We made a quick trip to Paris by moon light! Well, it looks like the real thing! Did I mention that the temperature that night was 122 in the parking garage!! What were we thinking of going to Vegas in July!! 112 in the day time!!!!!!!!!!
Pet Rose signing
And The Lion King show!!

We left on Thursday, July 22nd, Alan's B-day and came back on Sunday. I do believe this will be my last trip to "Sin City" (my new name for Vegas) to see show's or for shopping or eating. We ventured into Mandalay Bay to see the Lion King show and they have dancers up on the tables dancing and the guys are cheering, cat calling etc.. Have not seen that before and don't want to see it again!
Good bye Vegas... no longer will my money go toward hotels, food, shopping and shows in Vegas, my money will go to another town and state. Over and out.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wheatley Reunion

Grandpa Lester planned a family reunion at his house on Saturday, July 17th. We went up Friday afternoon to help out and have a sleep over party. John and Liz and kids came up too and had a sleep over in the back yard. Saturday morning the guys and a few gals went golfing and the kids played with bubbles and went to the playground across the streets from Great Grandpa's.
Lot's of fun new experiences!!
Then it was onto some water fun!! It was a very hot day.

Poor Uncle David got to grill the food on a very hotttttttt day! Thanks for the good food!

Cousin fun and trying to find every bit of shade possible

John brought up a new soft serve ice cream machine that he will be renting out!! It was soooo good and so cool on a hot day.

Balloon animals were a big hit!!
I love everyone huddled in the shade
Some strange shapes were created on the animal balloons!

Party games...
and a very tired Great Grandpa at the end of the day. Thank you Grandpa for planning such a fun party and for all your hard work!! We love you. Next year's I hear will be at Bear Lake!

Monday, July 19, 2010

July 13th, 2010

July 13th, 2010 the day Paul McCartney came to Sandy, Utah!! Back in 1964 when the Beatles came to the USA I never dreamed I would see a Beatle. Now I can say I have seen Paul twice! Once in Vegas (thanks to Uncle David) and now in Sandy Utah of all places.
It was hot, very hot.
We went with Aunt Karen and Uncle Kevin. Thanks for putting up with us!!

I think it was after the 2nd song Paul's jacket came off. He said that was the only thing coming off because he was in Utah!
It was as they say Fabulous. I only wish it could have been the Fab Four!! Oh well if I want to see the Fab Four, I need to go to a "1964 The Tribute" band concert. Best Beatle imitation group around. First time I saw them was in 1986 (maybe early 1987) at the Marriot Center in Provo.

Independance Day 2010

Starting July 2nd and ending on the 5th was one BIG party! Started with Lagoon, Baptism, sleep overs, hikes etc.

Bike decorating and bike parade (pretty darn impossible to keep kids in a straight line). Notice Brookes bracelet, a roll of tape.

Chalk drawing masterpieces (Brooke stole Grandpa's chalk). Savannah's was the largest drawing.

Rockets everywhere, in the trees and on the roof! (one of our favorite activities)

Scooter rides with Grandpa

Tank battles on the Flag, we are not sure who's tank won. Flag drawing by Joshua.

Airplane flight school..

Parachute's and prize winners.

Sleep over at Grandma's with breakfast made by Aunt Abby in her Canada wear.


A hike and a little rock band to end the day. Happy Birthday USA!!!!!!